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Food Safety Tips When Barbequing

June 20, 2022

Barbequing provides a unique flavour to our food. As this type of cooking takes place outside of our kitchens, additional safety precautions need to be taken when handling, preparing and serving some of our favourite foods to ensure we prevent foodborne illness. There are 4 steps to food safety which apply: Separate, Clean, Cook, Chill.


  • Keep raw and ready to eat ingredients separate to prevent cross-contamination. 
  • Store raw meat cuts on a tray on the bottom of the refrigerator or in a separate cooler with ice packs.
  • Use a separate plate and utensils for raw meat and prepared meat.
  • Dispose of any marinades that raw meat has been in.


  • Clean surfaces and utensils before preparing food and in between handling raw and ready to eat foods.
  • Remember to wash your hands prior to handling food especially between handling raw and ready to eat foods (gloves are not a substitute for proper handwashing). 
  • Fruits and vegetables that will be part of your meal should be washed under running water to remove dirt and other residues.


  • Cook meat thoroughly from start to finish (partially cooked meat for reheating later is an unsafe practice).
  • Cooking kills bacteria found in raw meat. Use a probe thermometer to check the doneness of the meat. Different types of meat need to reach different temperatures to ensure they are safe: ground chicken and chicken pieces and meat mixtures need to reach 74°C (165°F), whole poultry 82°C (180°F) ground meats and pork 71°C (160°F) and fish and seafood 70°C (158°F). 
  • Beef steaks, veal steaks and roasts can be cooked to your preferred doneness provided they have not been mechanically tenderized and the outside surface has been cooked.


  • Store potentially hazardous foods such as meat, eggs and dairy products in the refrigerator at 4°C or lower until ready to use. 
  • Cool leftovers quickly and store covered in the refrigerator or cooler at 4°C. Freeze meat products and cook from frozen to reduce risk

REMEMBER: “If it’s pink in the middle, put it back on the griddle.”

For more information about food safety at home, visit our Food Safety page or call 1-800-660-5853. You can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter @LGLHealthUnit or on Instagram @lglhealthunit.z for important public health updates.


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